Blind spots are one of many blind areas surrounding your car. A quick scan to your right or left, turning your chin to your shoulder, some call a should chec,k can confirm that the area is empty before you move in that direction.
Its purpose is to complete part of your 360 degree awareness specifically before you move into that right side space.
Without strong front view and strong rear vision, its kind of useless in itself because it only provides you with a small piece of the puzzle.
Blinds spots should always occur in partnership with rear view scanning and signalling your intent. The purpose is to give others lots of warning, layers of safety, BEFORE you move in case you missed anything.
A blind spot without rear mirror checks or singals and front vision scamming is kind of useless and often becomes more of a distraction than a help.
At speeds higher than 40 kmh, you should already know what’s beside you because of your rear mirror moitoring and your front wide scanning. The blind spot is a check, blind spot check, to ensure that what you remember was there, is acutally there! And remembering its clear is great but adding that body haibt HEAD TURN CHECK confirms it. “Yes its clear!”
Under 40 kmh in stop and go downtown traffic, the blind spot can well contain unseen pedestrians or other road uses because you are going slow enough for them to advance on you.
SO LET US THINK A BIT MORE ON THIS…
- How many blind spot checks should you do on a right turn?
- On a left turn?
- Is there a minimum number of checks?
- Is there a maximim number of checks allowed?
- Do these checks get more important as we age? If yes, WHY?